District-wide Faculty and Staff

Inspiring Students: Sustainability + Empowerment + Community

CCASD Faculty


Dave Dirksen- District Superintendent of Schools

Dave Dirksen’s education career has spanned fifty-five years.  Following his early years as a high school English teacher in Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Dirksen served in numerous administrative capacities in Iowa, Alaska and Arizona.  Following assignments as a building principal at all levels (elementary, middle school and high school), he moved into district administration where he served, first, as an assistant superintendent and since then as a superintendent of schools.  Honors and accolades have followed Mr. Dirksen throughout his career.  While serving as a building principal, he was invited to Washington, D.C. where he was honored by the United States Department of Education, receiving “National Principal of the Year” honors.  More recently, he traveled back to Alaska where he was inducted into “Alaska’s ASAA Hall of Fame”, recognizing his statewide contributions to Alaska’s youth while at the same time serving as a district superintendent and serving on various state boards and commissions.  Mr. Dirksen values his Iowa heritage and travels back to the Mid-West annually to visit family and friends in the Hawkeye state!

Robin Pete – District Administrator/Principal of Ponderosa High School

Relatively new to Flagstaff, Robin Pete has spent most of her life on the Navajo Reservation, calling Ganado her “home town.” For more than 30 years, she has served in numerous educational roles: from English teacher to instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, education coordinator/lecturer for ASU’s iTeach Program, and community college instructor.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Robin went to Penn State University and graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Secondary Education/English. She obtained her Master’s in English from Middlebury College, VT, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from NAU. For the last six years Mrs. Pete worked as an administrator at Flagstaff High School. In coming to Ponderosa High School, she loves what it offers to staff and students: getting to know each other in the smaller environment, flexibility in courses and opportunities provided with the greenhouse and Terra Birds. In her spare time you can find her working outdoors, doing DIY projects, and mostly hanging out with her grandkids.

John Phelps

John Phelps

Prior to this role, John Phelps was the special education teacher where he found his passion working with adolescent youth at Ponderosa, the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center, and the Coconino County Jail. He believes young people will make the world a better place. Mr. Phelps went to Northern Arizona University where he received his Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Positive Behavior Support. Mr. Phelps enjoys hanging out in the community of Flagstaff and loves what this community has to offer.

Anna Eskridge- Executive Assistant

My name is Anna Eskridge and I am the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Dave Dirksen. I have previously worked at FUSD in a variety of positions and am happy to now be a part of CCASD. The staff here is amazing along with a great group of students who are striving to be better than the day before. My family and I moved here from New Mexico 21 years ago and have grown to love our “not-so-little anymore-mountain town” very much! My husband Roger and I have been married for 35 years and have 3 kids who are grown and have families of their own. We have added more family members to love, which includes 2 rambunctious granddaughters, a multitude of 4 legged fur babies and two son-in-laws. I am proud to include everyone at CCASD as part of my family.

Heidi McGurvey

Heidi McGervey

Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University majoring in Justice Studies and a minor in Spanish. Certified Teacher in English and Spanish.

Noah Cordova- Math Teacher

Noah Cordova graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Northern Arizona University. He was raised in Yuma, Arizona and enjoys music, food and coffee.

Ken Link

I am Ken Linck, a teacher, husband, and father in Flagstaff.  In the last thirty years, I've had the opportunity to teach in a very diverse set of communities, ranging from schools for the blind and visually impaired in Morocco to public schools in Kansas, Colorado, and Arizona.  While earning my Masters' degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University, I taught for six years in Tuba City, and have been teaching in Flagstaff for most of the time since, between Puente de Hózhó School, Sinagua High School, and Coconino High School.

I have been very grateful for the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings that have reflected the rich and diverse heritage of Flagstaff.  I am more excited than I can express to continue that journey at Ponderosa High School.

Pete Holloway – Math/Science Teacher

Originally from northern New England, he graduated from Falmouth High in 1984. He served a three year enlistment in the U.S. Army as a medic serving in South Korea and West Germany.  Using the G.I. Bill he enrolled in Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute's building construction program.  His interest and appreciation for the out of doors led to a program of study at the University of Maine in Forestry.

That decision eventually brought him to Arizona, for a position on the Grand Canyon's Fire Crew and then to the Blue Ridge Hot Shots. In 1997 he returned to school at Northern Arizona University for a post degree certification in secondary science.  After teaching in Cochise and Gila Counties, he started his own business as a remodel and repair contractor.  During the slow period of building he signed a two-month contract with CCASD.  What originally started out as a winter fill in job has morphed into a career.

Mr. Holloway taught at Juvenile Detention for five years and just recently became a member of the Ponderosa High School faculty.

Erin Tutay – CCASD Business Manager

My name is Erin Tutay and I am the Director of Business Services here at Coconino County Accommodation School District. I have been with the district since 2019 and got my start working on the compliance and reconciliation of student data. Before I worked at the district, I worked for Coconino County Superintendent of Schools department and Flagstaff Unified School District working at Summit High School and Northern Arizona Distance Learning. I love working in a school district setting and love working with the whole team that makes up the entire district. I plan on working very hard to ensure the success of our district in my current role and with the assistance from our leadership cabinet, I know we will continue to be success in every avenue. I am married with two children and a dog. I love to spend my time with my family and making memories with the ones I love.

Mary McCarron – CCASD Receptionist/Registrar

Mary McCarron (Ms. Mac) was born in Garden City Michigan and graduated from Marygrove College in the City of Detroit. She has been a life-long tiger fan. Mary moved to Flagstaff in 1980 and the proud mother of two grown daughters. Mary has worked as a school support staff person since 1995. Mary has been at Ponderosa High School since 2005 and is proud to be a founding member of our school.

Richard Clark – Custodian/Maintenance

Richard Clark has been the Ponderosa High School custodian/maintenance person since 2009. He has 25 years of expertise in the maintenance and janitorial fields and uses that experience to help Ponderosa High School look its best for our students, parents and staff.

Richard is a proud father of four girls who have grown, moved on to college, and beyond and know first hand the importance of a good education. Richard loves his work at Ponderosa High School and for playing an important role in making our school an excellent educational experience for our students.

 

Ponderosa Highschool Faculty


Leah Claw

Leah Claw

Joined CCASD in October of 2018. Graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in American Studies and a Masters degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership

Josh Armstrong – Science Teacher

Mr. Armstrong teaches Biology and various creative electives at Ponderosa.  He has been teaching science in the Flagstaff community for fifteen years.  Mr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University.

When outside the classroom Mr. Armstrong enjoys exploring the Colorado Plateau by boat, mountain bike, motorcycle or boot.  He brings his enthusiasm for the outdoors and environmental education to the classroom and has taken scores of students on adventures ranging from backpacking trips and climbing adventures to rafting trips on the rivers of the plateau.

Emily Morton – Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Morton has been in the field of education for 16 years. She received her BA degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics from California State University, Bakersfield. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis) and a second Masters Degree in Education/School Counseling. Mrs. Morton has taught a wide range of subjects and ages from 1st grade through Algebra at the Community College level and has served as a school counselor for over 10 years in both elementary/middle and high schools.
She grew up in Lancaster, CA , and then spent 9 years in Lake Havasu City, AZ before moving to Flagstaff in 2015.

Mrs. Morton is a big advocate for community involvement, visual and performing arts, and health and fitness. In her spare time you may find her teaching a yoga or fitness class at the gym, dancing ballet,  playing the violin with the Flagstaff Symphony or leading a group at church.  She is currently supporting her community by sitting on the board for both the Therapy Pets of Northern Arizona and also the Flagstaff Figure Skating Club.
Mrs. Morton’s family is made complete by her husband, 6 year old daughter, and 2 dogs. She loves the sunshine, the beach and all things coastal!

John Taylor – Greenhouse Consultant / Instructor

John Taylor is a gardener and educator born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in the History of Art from Yale University, and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. For ten years he owned and operated a landscape design, install and maintenance company; and also worked as an ecological restoration contractor. Since 2009 Mr. Taylor has worked in the Flagstaff Unified and Coconino County School Districts leading hands-on garden and sustainability programs.

In 2012 Mr. Taylor founded Terra BIRDS, a non-profit organization with mission to educate and empower youth through gardening to help prepare them as the stewards of a sustainable future for humanity.

Megan Walker – English

Dr. Walker has been teaching English Language Arts since 2004. Her teaching experience includes middle school, high school, community college, and university courses. Over the years, Dr. Walker has worked with many students in outdoor learning contexts, promoting opportunities for students to practice discovery learning connected to place.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in English/Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in English, and Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction program at Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Walker grew up in Flagstaff and feels lucky to call this community home. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family.

 

 

Tse Yaato Highschool Faculty


Josh Adams

Originally from Massachusetts, Joshua has lived in Page for the last 11 years. He has a Bachelors of Science in Botany from Northern Arizona University, a teaching certificate from Ottawa University, and a Masterof Science in Secondary Science  from Northern Arizona University. Before joining the staff at Tse’Yaato’, he taught science courses in Glendale, AZ at Raymond S. Kellis High School, and at Page High School. He also taught in Northern Arizona’s NAUTeach program and has worked as a professional developer in the sciences.  Josh has over 17 years of educational experience in the science fields.

 

In his spare time, he keeps busy hiking, biking, golfing, playing tennis and traveling overseas.  He also enjoys being with his three children, two dogs, and wife Kori.

Ellena Gonzales – Art/Leisure, Employment Skills & Personal Finance Instructor

Ellena is from Albuquerque, New Mexico but has lived in Page for over 35 years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s degree in art from Northern Arizona University.  An educator for over 30 years, Ellena has taught art and Spanish at many levels.  In addition, she has completed a 200 hour Yoga Instruction certification from Shoshoni Yoga in Colorado.

 

In addition to her work at Tse’Yaato’, she loves being with her husband, teaching yoga, gardening and hiking with her dog and friends.

Kori Fitch – English Teacher

Kori Fitch has been the English teacher at Tse’Yaato’ High School since 2021. She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Sonoma State University in Northern California and obtained her teaching certificate from Northern Arizona University.   Prior to joining Tse’Yaato’s staff, Kori worked at the Page Unified School District for nine years.  In addition to teaching, Kori, a career tennis instructor, coaches Page High School’s tennis team.  Kori has spent time in Saudi Arabia teaching English to young university women and also spent time in Japan and Belize.

 

Kori enjoys swimming, hiking, traveling, and writing in her spare time.  She lives here in Page with her husband, son and two dogs.

Marie Tso – Registrar

Marie Tso is a life- long resident of the Page area.  Prior to coming on board at Tse’Yaato’ High School, Marie spent nearly 20 years in the Page Unified School District with the last 10 years dedicated to the Technology Department’s Help Desk.  She has attended both Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University. Throughout Marie’s life and career, she has always enjoyed being around students and guiding them in their progress:  assisting community youth groups, sponsoring Upward Bound activities promoting American Indian Science and Engineering Society programs.

 

When not at Tse’Yaato’, Marie loves to garden, sew, cook, travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

Traci Parker – Principal

Traci Parker has been the Principal of Tse’Yaato’ High School since 2012. As a native of Farmington, Missouri, Mrs. Parker moved to Arizona in the summer of 2003. Mrs. Parker received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Central Methodist University of Missouri in 1997, a Master of Science in Education from Southwest Baptist University of Missouri in 1998, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Doane University of Nebraska in 2007.

Mrs. Parker is a veteran educator with a career of over 18 years in the classroom before switching to administration. Mrs. Parker began her career as a special education inclusion paraprofessional while in college and then taught middle school mathematics in Missouri. After moving to Page, Arizona in 2003, Mrs. Parker spent the next nine years teaching high school mathematics before stepping in as the principal of Tse’Yaato’ High School.

 

Mrs. Parker enjoys her work in education as well as reading, riding all-terrain vehicles, building things, and traveling.

Rebecca Miller – Special Education

A resident of Page since 2008, Ms Miller worked at Page High School for two years before taking over the special education position at Tse’Yaato’ High School. This year marks her tenth year with the Coconino School District. Ms Miller graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a degree in Speech/Theatre in 1974 and has been an educator since that time. Recently, she added special education to her Arizona certification. In her spare time she reads, works in her garden and corrects papers.

Albert Tso- Math Teacher

Mr. Tso is native to Page, AZ, and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University in 1985 and his Master’s of Arts in Teaching of Mathematics in 1991 (NAU).  Mr. Tso first taught high school mathematics for Tuba City from 1985 to 1996.  Then, he moved on to Page High School where Mr. Tso taught for nearly 20 years.  Mr. Tso’s contributions to our community and students are numerous and we are beyond excited to have him available to Tse’Yaato’ High School students for years to come.  In Mr. Tso’s spare time, he enjoys activities with his family and riding his motorcycle.

Nancy Walker – TAPP Coordinator

Mrs. Walker, a long term Page resident and educator, received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics from Northern Arizona State University in 1981 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University in 2002.  Mrs. Walker previously served as the CTE director (15 yrs) in the Page Unified School district.  Prior to that, she taught various CTE courses for Page High School; such as, Business, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Clothing for a number of years.  Mrs. Walker also loves babies!  In the TAPP coordinator position, Mrs. Walker will assist new parents to be able to complete their high school education and learn critical parenting and child development skills while having the infants close by in the classroom.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting with her children and grandchildren.

Richie Suico-Clutter – Plato Coordinator

Mrs. Clutter immigrated to Page, Arizona in 2012 from the Philippines.  She graduated from Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in food technology.  While working at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao as research and graduate assistant, Mrs. Clutter attended graduate school in Food Science.  She gained experience in the American education system by substitute teaching and has now been the computer lab coordinator for five years.